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Caroline Flack's family release unpublished Instagram post written days before her death

Caroline's message has been released in the EDP. Credit: PA/EDP/ITV News Anglia

The family of Caroline Flack have released an unpublished Instagram post that the Norfolk TV presenter wrote just days before her death.

In the post, she wrote that her "whole world and future had been swept from under her feet" following her arrest for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

She also said that she "took responsibility for what happened that night" but added that it was an accident and she "was NOT a domestic abuser."

Caroline had been advised not to share the message on social media, but her mum Chris has now released it to the Eastern Daily Press newspaper so that people can read her daughter's words.

The message on the front page of the EDP. Credit: EDP/ITV News Anglia
  • Caroline's message in full

For a lot of people, being arrested for common assault is an extreme way to have some sort of spiritual awakening but for me it's become the normal.

I've been pressing the snooze button on many stresses in my life - for my whole life.

I've accepted shame and toxic opinions on my life for over 10 years and yet told myself it's all part of my job. No complaining.

The problem with brushing things under the carpet is.... they are still there and one day someone is going to lift that carpet up and all you are going to feel is shame and embarrassment.

On December the 12th 2019 I was arrested for common assault on my boyfriend...

Within 24 hours my whole world and future was swept from under my feet and all the walls that I had taken so long to build around me, collapsed.

I am suddenly on a different kind of stage and everyone is watching it happen.

I have always taken responsibility for what happened that night. Even on the night. But the truth is .... It was an accident.

I've been having some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time.

But I am NOT a domestic abuser. We had an argument and an accident happened. An accident.

The blood that someone SOLD to a newspaper was MY blood and that was something very sad and very personal.

The reason I am talking today is because my family can't take anymore.

I've lost my job. My home. My ability to speak. And the truth has been taken out of my hands and used as entertainment.

I can't spend every day hidden away being told not to say or speak to anyone.

I'm so sorry to my family for what I have brought upon them and for what my friends have had to go through.

I'm not thinking about 'how I'm going to get my career back'. I'm thinking about how I'm going to get mine and my family's life back.

I can't say anymore than that.

– Caroline Flack
Caroline's inquest opened on Wednesday. Credit: PA

Miss Flack's inquest opened on Wednesday morning, four days after the Love Island presenter was found dead by at home in east London.

Police had been driving through Stoke Newington on Saturday when they were flagged down.

The provisional cause of death was given as suspension by ligature.

The inquest heard police officers and paramedics tried to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her body was identified by her sister, Jody Flack.

The hearing, which lasted four minutes, was adjourned until August 5.

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